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God on the Move in the Neighborhood!

Posted by Stacey Crosson on

This past weekend we hosted a neighborhood block party to celebrate the 500th year of the Reformation!  There was an overwhelming positive response from the 500 plus attendees. “My family needed this.  Thank you Prince of Peace for hosting this day.”  “The...

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Tags: bless, bond, engage, gospel, learn, love, missional living, serve, share

Just Because - A Letter to Loved Ones

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Posted by Erin Oakley on

Prelude from the author:  "I wrote this poem when I was really struggling emotionally with anxiety.  At the time my anxiety made me push everyone I cared about away, especially God. I wrote this poem as a way to lean into my anxiety, and to finally reach out to my loved ones and God...

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Tags: anxiety, care, empathy, family, love, mental health, panic, understanding

Thoughts on Grace

Posted by Jim Otte on

This message was originally given at the September 15, 2017 closing devotion for the Ministerial  Care Coalition (MC2) by Rev. Jim Otte, LPC.  Thank you Rev. Otte for sharing your thoughts of grace in a time such as these. I’ve been thinking a lot about the grace of God...

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Tags: abundance, enough, identity, mission, purpose, scarcity, self worth

The Family of God

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Posted by Mary Moore on

     About a year ago, I left Springfield and Prince of Peace and moved south to beautiful Hilton Head, SC. I’m living in a lovely community, but as with any smaller town, especially one whose economy relies on tourism, golf, and the beach, it has its shortcomings. I...

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Tags: church, family, moving, together, transition

God on the Move in the World

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Posted by Mecia Rockett on

"The Lord had said to Abram, 'Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you."  Genesis 12:1 Although I had traveled out of the country before, the very idea of living and working in another country was humbling and very spiritual for me. I...

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Tags: call, esl, family, marriage, ministry, missions, travel, world

Can a Table Make a Difference - Part 2

Posted by Stacey Crosson on

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.—Romans 15:13   Last week, I shared the story of the picnic table in my front yard. Today is part two of this ongoing neighborhood adventure. The day...

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Can a Table Make a Difference?

Posted by Stacey Crosson on

With all the stress and anxiety in the world, my husband Jeff and I have been asking ourselves how we can promote hope in our neighborhood and community.  Jeff and I were both raised in communities which had dedicated spaces where people could gather and talk about current events, listen...

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Tags: conversation, grace, hope, love, mission, table, talk

GOD ON THE MOVE Through My Friends

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The wind blows wherever it wants to. You hear it, but you don’t know where it is coming from or where it is going. It is the same with everyone who is born from the Spirit.—John 3:8 A few weeks ago, Stacey Crosson (our Minister of Care and Outreach) asked me to consider speaking at...

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A Mother's Prayer

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Enjoying an afternoon break from the relentless August heat, my mother-in-law, daughter, son, and I were having a snack at our kitchen table when my husband, Josh, called. Josh had been in Tanzania for work for almost 3 weeks, and he had another 2 weeks to go. In addition to the stress of...

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Tags: care, family, love, prayer, rest, support

God on the Move in My Family

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Posted by Liz Murphy on

     In her final  session at the PoP  Women’s Retreat in February, "A Holy Longing:  Stories of a God Who Satisfies” leader Melinda  DeWann, suggested that we rejoice in our neediness.  One of the Bible verses she cited was Phillipians...

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Tags: bible study, courage, family, praying, retreat, sharing, unmasked

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